Microsoft home media software

Been a busy couple of weeks…

* Comcast deploying MSFT software — how do I get on the trial? Will it work with my existing fairly new comcast pvr settop box? The comcast/moto provided software is so clunky, I would love an alternative.
* Looks like a little ecosystem of media center addins is developing…
* MSN remote record will let you remotely futz with your media center box…

It’s too bad that it is so hard for consumers to get their hands on all the above — waiting for your cable company to roll the features out is no way to kickstart a market, nor is depending on new pc purchases. Contrast with the Halo2 release which is going to be a huge hit — consumers have an easy way to acquire the product.

UPDATE: according to someone who should know re the comcast/msft offering, “This is not a trial ? it?s full fledged commercial deployment to over a million subscriber in Washington state. The software will be eventually downloaded to all set top boxes including the older stuff, but I would warmly recommend upgrading to Comcast?s new dual-tuner DVR with HD. It?s a steal at $9.95 a month and if you already have HD, it?s only $4.95. You can order it starting next week”. I can’t find it on the comcast web site yet but I’ll check daily.